Sunday, July 31, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
|Red Furnishing style fabric|
A merchant's ledger from Iowa that same year listed both cash and barter prices for available textiles.
|Baltimore Album c 1847|
These prices were about 3 times more than 20 years earlier.
|Yarn dyed check|
Sunday, July 17, 2011
In American the Art Nouveau movement may have influenced Marie Webster's elegant appliqué quilts of the early 20th century—Gay Garden, Wind Blown Tulip and Primrose Wreath. These were often made from solid colored mid tone pastels. If you look at the 1924 Sears and Roebuck catalog, the cottons are mainly the monochromatic cool colorations in dark shades of the late 19th century with a few pastels, solids and prints.
Post World War I, Germany had to give up their textile aniline dye formulas as part of War Reparations. Soon American textile chemists had more options. By the 1926 Sears catalog there was a dramatic shift in the style and color of the cotton prints. You now see not only solid rose but also numerous pink prints. The same was true for a clear sky blue in solids and prints. There were still a few indigo and Shaker gray prints offered. The ‘lights’ also changed from shirting prints to solids in white and off white.
The popular pastels prints featured stylized leaf and flower patterns along with children’s novelty designs in rose, sky blue, soft yellow and green, peach, aqua and lavender
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Woven or printed stripes of the same width and alternating between light and dark were very popular during the Regency era, 1795-1837. The actual dates of the Prince Regent, later George IV, 1811-1820, are known as the formal Regency. This era was a transition period in art, architecture, literature, fashion and culture between Georgian and Victorian. Queen Victorian was crowned in 1837.
Also known as Bengal or tiger stripes, these fabrics were used for clothing as well as interiors.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
The color corrections on this particular panel were challenging....but we finally got it right. The printing is clear and crisp and the colors match the antique quilt. As we progressed with the color....at each step we would print a strike off. I did this as two 20" squares across the width of the fabric. This was less costly then doing a 30" square strike off.
I sent Lorie the first perfect 30" square and as a bonus....I also sent her the last 20" square strike off. She loved them both. She and I talked about the possibility that these Center Panels could have been offered in different sizes, 1820-1840. So I am now offering this elegant Scrollwork Floral Bouquet in an additional size....a 20" square.
For my French speaking/reading friends....please see the current issue ( # 109) of Les Nouvelles, Patchwork et Creation Textile, page 20....Les tissus de reproduction. Merci to Christiane Billard.